[in-uhngk-shuh n]


the act of anointing.
Medicine/Medical. the rubbing in of an oil or ointment.
Pharmacology. an unguent.

Nearby words

  1. inukshuk,
  2. inuktitut,
  3. inulase,
  4. inulin,
  5. inulin clearance,
  6. inundant,
  7. inundate,
  8. inundation,
  9. inupiaq,
  10. inupik

Origin of inunction

1595–1605; < Latin inunction- (stem of inunctiō), equivalent to inunct(us) (past participle of inunguere to anoint) + -iōn- -ion. See in-2, unction Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inunction



the application of an ointment to the skin, esp by rubbing
the ointment so used
the act of anointing; anointment

Word Origin for inunction

C15: from Latin inunguere to anoint, from unguere; see unction

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Medicine definitions for inunction




The process of applying and rubbing in an ointment.

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